The best deep-space telescopes in 2024

Best deep space telescopes: nebula and Celestron telescope
(Image credit: Getty Images/Celestron)

Deep-space imaging is an art-form all in itself. Astrophotographers employ high-quality telescopes and filters with sophisticated image processing capabilities to produce wondrous, colorful and intricate images of expansive star-forming nebulae, swirling spiral galaxies, and the lobes of planetary nebulae. In some cases, you’d be forgiven for thinking they are being produced with the Hubble Space Telescope. Dozens or even hundreds of sub-exposures, stacked to produce datasets spanning many hours, can turn even the deepest, faintest deep-sky object into a detailed cosmic structure. But it requires practice, no little skill, and the right equipment.

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Gemma Lavender

Gemma is content director of science and space magazines How It Works and All About Space, history magazines All About History and History of War as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) kids education brand Future Genius. She is the author of several books including "Quantum Physics in Minutes", "Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual to the Large Hadron Collider" and "Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual to the Milky Way". She holds a degree in physical sciences, a Master’s in astrophysics and a PhD in computational astrophysics. She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2011. Previously, she worked for Nature's journal, Scientific Reports, and created scientific industry reports for the Institute of Physics and the British Antarctic Survey. She has covered stories and features for publications such as Physics World, Astronomy Now and Astrobiology Magazine.